When the Washington Redskins take the practice field on Monday following Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles, free safety Kareem Moore will be eligible to join the team and will have his status for the remainder of the season evaluated.
Moore has spent the first six weeks of the regular season and all of the preseason on the physically-unable-to-perform list while recovering from an offseason knee surgery. The fourth-year pro had yet to fully recover by the time the regular season began, so Washington placed him on the PUP list to avoid having to cut him, or spend a roster spot on him although he wasn’t yet healthy.
Per NFL rules, the day after the sixth week of the regular season (this Monday) and anywhere up until the day after a team’s Week 9 game (Nov. 7 in this year’s case), players on the PUP list are allowed to begin practicing with their team, but that period can’t exceed 21 calendar days. A team is allowed to restore that player to its 53-man roster at any point during that 21-day period, but if the player is not reinstated by 4 p.m. on the 21st day, that player cannot practice anymore and must spend the rest of the season on the PUP list and can only continue rehabilitative work.
“We’ll see what happens,” Moore said. “I’m doing good, steady, day-by-day, just ready for these six weeks to be up.”
Moore tore ligaments in his left knee during the 2010 preseason and rushed back to play by Week 3 of the season, but he reinjured the same knee, ending the year on injured reserve and then had to have another knee surgery.
Moore said he finally has fully recovered and hasn’t fell this good “since last year’s training camp.”
“I haven’t been limited in anything,” said Moore, who last season started 11 of 12 games and recorded 64 tackles and an interception. “I just want to come out and play. I should be good. I’ve been doing a lot of drills with Ray [Wright] and the training staff, so I just want to get back in the groove of things.”
Moore said he doesn’t know what to expect when he does return — if coaches deem him healthy enough to return — and that he hasn’t been told how he will be used. Oshiomogho Atogwe has replaced Moore as starting free safety. But Moore did also play on all of the special teams units as well last season, and doesn’t mind continuing to do so while also serving as a backup to Atogwe.
“It’s been hard, watching the guys and wanting to be a part of it,” Moore said. “We’ll see what happens. No matter what, I just want to contribute to the team in whatever way I can.”